Mercedes and Auto Racing in the Belle Epoque, 1895-1915

Mercedes and Auto Racing in the Belle Epoque, 1895-1915

by Robert Dick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786418893

ISBN-13: 9780786418893

Pub. Date: 12/02/2004

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

The history of the Mercedes provides the thread for this book that narrates the early history of automobile racing from the beginnings in 1895 until the First World War in 1915 when racing temporarily ceased. The book focuses on the races themselves, the drivers and mechanics, the engineers in the background and the technical progress of the cars. Automobile racing

Overview

The history of the Mercedes provides the thread for this book that narrates the early history of automobile racing from the beginnings in 1895 until the First World War in 1915 when racing temporarily ceased. The book focuses on the races themselves, the drivers and mechanics, the engineers in the background and the technical progress of the cars. Automobile racing had its origins in Paris, and French marques and the Automobile Club de France were dominating the scene. But in 1901 a foreign troublemaker emerged, the Mercedes. This German machine was to play a leading role, its career and evolution becoming an image of the whole period. The individuals who built and drove these early racers laid the foundation of a new industry, conceived the modern, high-performance engine, and gave magic to a series of races, which drew ever more spectators and thrilled entire nations.

This richly illustrated history answers many questions from this time in automotive history. Early chapters discuss the marketing of the original Daimler engine in France, the position and influence of Emil Jellinek and Wilhelm Maybach, and the great town-to-town and Gordon Bennett races. Later chapters focus on the French Grand Prix, the great crisis of 1909, the voiturette movement, the Mercedes and Benz successes in America, including the record attempts of the Blitzen Benz, and the role of Ernest Henry in the development of the revolutionary Peugeot. Final chapters describe the career of the 4.5-litre Mercedes and its impact on future designs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786418893
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/02/2004
Pages:
371
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsv
Preface1
Introduction3
1Scenery5
2Meeting Point: Eiffel Tower9
3Systeme Panhard17
4Riviera28
5Mercedes40
6Roi du Volant47
7Simplex56
8One-Tonners64
9Sixty77
10Towards Madrid87
11La Coupe Bennett101
12Hot Favorite115
13Muscle Car130
14Grand Prix147
15Italian Supremacy163
16Apotheosis179
17Depression195
18Blitzen Benz202
19Voiturettes215
20Savannah234
21Grey Ghost243
22Modern Times251
23Rivals in Blue270
24Test Run283
25Tactics294
26Oval Tracks311
27Wartime320
Appendix AForgotten Cars-and Forgotten Heroes329
Appendix BTechnical Data337
Appendix CRace Results352
Bibliography357
Index359

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